Five Villages First Responders team celebrates 20th anniversary

by | 4 June 2024 | Gainsborough, Local Charity

The volunteer Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) group that responds to medical emergencies in the local villages across North Nottinghamshire and North Lincolnshire has celebrated its 20th year of operation with an event held in Misterton.

The Community First Responders (CFRs) who work in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service celebrated on Saturday 27th April by inviting members of the public along for free tea, coffee and cake and to see the work of their local responder team.

FVFR founder and group coordinator Martyn Johnson said: “Our 20th anniversary event was a real success and I’d like to thank all those who attended to celebrate with us.
“We had a great day and were able to say thank you to our current and past volunteers for their huge contribution to the local community. We also ran a public CPR and AED awareness session which was well attended and rounded the day off with lots of cake!”.

During the last two decades the life-saving scheme has been dispatched to nearly 3,300 medical emergencies in Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, West Stockwith and other nearby areas.

Because of their location within the local community the responders are dispatched by the Ambulance Service to relevant incidents following a 999 call. They can arrive rapidly and give care to patients until the ambulance is on scene, helping to improve chances of survival in medical emergencies such as a cardiac arrest.

The group has also supported the installation of over 20 Community Public Access Defibrillators over recent years and has trained hundreds of members of the public and school children in life-saving skills.

Martyn presented awards and thanks to Colin Gibson and Libby Stennett for their dedicated service, both of whom have been involved in the organisation since 2004. Mary Riches received an award for her 10 years of volunteering as a CFR, before the team then surprised Martyn with an award of his own to show their gratitude for his continued support and leadership as the team’s coordinator.

FVFR will continue their hard work within the local community and are always looking for further suitable and committed volunteers to undertake the training to become a CFR. For further information visit, email or see the team’s Facebook page.